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Veterans War Memorial repairs approved, and two other things to know from Tuesday's Cumming City Council work session
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The Cumming Veterans War Memorial is expected to be repaired after incurring significant moisture damage over the past three weeks, according to city officials. The Cumming City Council originally voted Tuesday, April 16, 2019, to have the structure removed and preserve materials to be used for a new memorial at the proposed City Center. - photo by Jim Dean

The Cumming City Council voted 4-0, with councilmember Lewis Ledbetter absent, to approve emergency repair costs to the existing monument of the city’s Veterans War Memorial.

The cost of the repairs was still unknown, according to City Administrator Phil Higgins, but they are on track to be completed by the city’s Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, May 24.

The source of the damage was a lack of steel reinforcement in the concrete slab of the main monument, Mayor Troy Brumbalow said, which caused the structure to collapse in on itself during a recent period of heavy rain.

The city’s street department noticed the damage in late March, and the City Council voted to have the monument taken down after consulting with two monument companies and the monument’s creator, local resident Gregory Johnson.

The community reacted swiftly and negatively to the news of the monument’s removal and the city reversed course, deciding instead to repair the current monument while also moving forward with plans for a new one at its City Center development when it opens.

The city has since repaired the current monument by pouring a new concrete slab and covering the sides with stacked stone, Brumbalow said.

“It’s a band-aid,” Brumbalow said. “But we put it back together.”

Assisted living center to be built

Councilmembers approved 3-0, with councilmember Christopher Light recused, the annexation of 3.10 acres on Sanders Road from the county and a conditional-use permit to construct a senior housing/assisted living facility.

According to documents, Moss Walker Properties, LLC plans to operate an “institutional living and care facility” with 20 memory care units and 60 assisted-living units, which must be built within 36 months.

Auto shop annexed into city

Councilmembers approved unanimously to annex approximately an acre of land from the county to the city that includes a hobby garage and mechanic’s shop at 805 Dahlonega Highway.

The land, which is owned by the Mashburn Family Trust, will be zoned Restricted Industrial (M1).